How much time do you invest in your dental care every day? For many, a quick scrub of teeth is enough. Whether you are using the right brushing technique and toothbrush is completely disregarded – not to mention supplementary dental care products. Dental diseases such as tooth decay and periodontal disease are inevitable, although they would be easy to prevent. So, let’s take a look at what your dental care should look like from today!
Toothbrush – your most important tool for dental care
The good old toothbrush – sometimes so good and old that it hasn’t been changed for far too long. Your toothbrush comes into contact with bacteria and food residues every day and should therefore be changed after three months at the latest. It is up to you whether it is an electric or a manual toothbrush. The right brushing technique is particularly important for your dental care: in small, jiggling or circular movements away from the gums and not forgetting the inside and outside.
You should plan for three minutes at least twice a day to thoroughly brush your teeth. To do this, use a medium-hard toothbrush with a brush head that is not too large and be careful not to exert too much pressure. Because what is perhaps more effective when scrubbing pots damages your tooth enamel and causes tooth decay. Also, don’t forget to clean your toothbrush after brushing your teeth and store it so that it can dry easily.
Toothpaste – but which one is the right one?
Toothpaste with fluoride, without fluoride, with mint, herbal mix or pure, with activated charcoal, in tablet form for the environment – or simply do without it completely and just mix a baking powder mixture? The toothpaste range can quickly become an unexpected challenge and then the temptation is great to simply put the first one in the cart. If you don’t take the right one, one thing in particular won’t happen: healthy teeth.
Toothpaste is an important factor in dental care. And while the basic ingredients are essentially the same, don’t go for it indiscriminately. These points will help you choose:
Make sure the toothpaste contains fluoride; at best 1000-1500 ppm. Contrary to many posts in social networks and “studies” of all kinds, fluoride in these amounts is in no way harmful to your health. On the contrary: your teeth need fluoride to strengthen and repair the tooth enamel – and thus to maintain the natural barrier against tooth decay.
Do not use toothpaste with a whitening effect. The abrasives contained therein damage your tooth enamel in the long term and are not necessary for daily dental care. It is best to have your dentist remove unwanted discoloration. Or you can prevent them yourself by using less coffee, tea and tobacco.
Check to see if the toothpaste of your choice has an RDA rating. This shows how abrasive the product is. For exposed tooth necks or when using electric toothbrushes, this value should be below 50. Otherwise, a value up to 80 is acceptable.
Dental floss and interdental brushes
No matter how thoroughly you proceed with the toothbrush, you will only reach 70% of the tooth surface. So, for really good dental care, you can’t avoid flossing – especially if your mouth is very tight. Use dental floss or interdental brushes once a day (preferably before you brush your teeth in the evening) to remove plaque from gaps and narrow spaces. Up and down movements are recommended as a technique. But be careful not to damage your gums too much.
Mouthwash – for the finishing touch
Your dental care ritual is rounded off with an antibacterial mouthwash. This not only ensures an extra clean feeling, but also eliminates the last bacteria on the tongue, teeth and in the throat area. With this product you should only keep an eye on whether it is suitable for daily use.
Dental healthy diet – an essential factor in dental care
Yes, diet also plays an important role in dental care. We all know that our teeth are at war with sugar and acid. A good first step towards a healthy diet is to limit the consumption of such foods. Ideally for as short a period of time as possible per day. For your teeth, for example, it makes a big difference whether you drink the glass of orange juice in a few minutes or throughout breakfast – because the more the tooth enamel comes into contact with acid, the more it is attacked.
So, avoid high-sugar and acidic foods and drinks as much as possible and brush your teeth thoroughly about 30-60 minutes after consuming them. On the one hand, you take food away from harmful bacteria, but on the other hand you give your tooth enamel some time to solidify again before brushing your teeth. Another factor that plays a role in your dental care are antibacterial foods such as ginger, garlic and mint. Because they also help to reduce the number of bacteria in your mouth and thus protect against tooth decay and other dental diseases.
You hold the key to healthy teeth in your own hands! With the right toothbrush, the right toothpaste and complementary products, nothing stands in the way of good dental care. The diet completes the whole thing. You should therefore of course not forego regular dentist visits – but with the tips from this article you can lie down in the chair without a guilty conscience next time.